54 thoughts on “What did you learn from the Hockney Movie

  1. I thought it was really interesting how David Hockney critiqued his photographs by using the analysis that we did. I had originally thought that just we were doing that to help us learn, I didn’t actually know they did that in real life. I also was surpised that he took so much time and effort into choosing where to drop and where to actually take each individual picture to create the whole piece.

  2. I learned that before David Hockney became a photographer, he was the most successful British painter. He was dissatisfied with traditional photos and wanted to create something that could “move”. I thought it was very interesting when he showed that when your far away from the main subject you see less movements but when your close to the subject you see more movement. I also liked how he analyzed and described his piece.

  3. I learned that David Hockney started out doing joiner photographs. This consisted of building up a piece by using smaller pieces. He did this because he got to see time and space in a photograph. He realized that you could actually see time but space was only an illusion.

  4. I learned that you see less motion when you are far away from the subject, but when your close to the subject you can see more motion. Also photographs can show different emotions and the passing of time of the subject. He also took a lot of time and effort to create the whole piece.

  5. I learned that David Hockney was a painter and then he change his occupation to a photographer. When he takes photographs, he takes many roles of film. He was ‘perfectly ordinary.” I had found out that he lives in California. Also he had argued with many people about their works or his. Another thing I had learned is that he thought “space is an allusion.” Also I learned that a person could build up a picture with many pictures. My favorite photo of his was the “Lunch of the British Embassy.”

  6. I learned that David Hockney started as a painter. I thought it was interesting how he moved from one art form to another and further made that art form greater. It was interesting to know an artists honest perspective on the traditional form of that art. He thought that his form of photography, or “joiner” photography could have an even deeper effect of movement than actual video. The way he constructed the visual path was just brilliant.

    • Good thoughts Maya! I agree…it is interesting to realize that artists can have more than one mode of expression or material preference.

  7. I thought it was interesting how David Hockney used to think photography was too limited to even be considered as a medium of art. Once he started doing his joiner photos, he felt that photography wasnt just a still picture that the camera sees for only a fraction of a second. He now feels like movement can be shown through his style in a more interesting way. It was also interesting when he pointed out how the facial expressions show the passing of time.

    • i also liked, and found it interesting how Hockeny was able to capture the different facial expressions through the passing of time

  8. I learned that David Hockney came up with joiner photographs because he was not fully satisfied with traditional photographs. He believed the joiner photos created a greater feeling of space and time and produced a more real impression. Also, he preferred the joiner photographs because they made portraits more complex showing a bigger span of time. I said that we=hen he assembled the portraits and arranged the photos in the way he wanted, it was like reliving the experience.

  9. When I saw the movie I learned that David Hockney was originally a painter. He took photographs occasionally, but when he looked at different artists photographs, he saw no life in them, especially compared to his paintings. Hockney still experimented with photography and eventually found a method that he liked called the joiner system. With this new way of taking and laying out photos Hockeny had a way to display movement and time in a photograph.

  10. I learned that David Hockney works with what he has, even though it was not originally planned. What I mean by that is he incorporated the apology letter he got from the film developer and the ruined pictures into his piece of work. I thought it was kind of cool because it give the entire work a greater story behind it.

    • I liked that part too. It’s a great way of realizing that you have to be flexible when you’re making a work of art, and to be open to new ideas in the process.

  11. i was particularly intrigued by hockney’s reasoning behind his joiner photography- how he felt that his style had a heavier emphasis on space & the passage of time as opposed to typical photos. it made sense; the average snapshot really only represents a fraction of a second in time, whereas hockney uses a series of these snapshots to convey a far broader sense of movement & change. i loved his solution to the time constraints that photographs usually hold.

    it’s also pretty amusing that he didn’t really care for photography before he really got involved in it, considering his skill and how involved he was in his work.

    • Yeah, I agree with how interesting it was to see his thought process in creating the pieces. It’s not just about each individual photo but more about how the photos work together as a composition. It was cool to see how he joined the photos to create a sense of movement and time.

  12. After watching the Hockney Movie today in class, I felt like I finally understood the relevance of us analyzing our photos in such a specific format. I thought it was interesting when he explained the visual path, vantage point, repetition and point of emphasis in one of his projects. By watching the film, I learned that you can,in fact, make a picture come to life by using the joiner method. I also learned that the closer you are to your subject, the more interesting the movement of that subject is.

    • I agree with wehen you said you can make a picture come to life by using the joiner method. Also i agree with when you move cloer to an object there is more interesting movement because its a more zoomed area so your eyes move around the photo more.

  13. I learned that David Hockney who lived in Las Angeles created the photography method known as a joiner. He used a Still camera to capture the photos; when they were all put together they created a sense of motion. I learned that you see more motion when you become closer. Also Hockney said “Space is an illusion but Time is real”. He displays this in his photos by creating a scene with the different pictures. He also explained how you can make something more complex by adding emotions and showing the passing of time. Lastly the thing that stuck out to me the most was when he said “Putting the pictures together is a way of reliving the moment”. When you have multiple photos and you put them together into a story it helps you feel as if you are the person and were there.

  14. I learned that David Hockney is a very cerebral person. after he takes around 150 photos of one event, he sits down and arranges the photos in many different orders and sees which one flows the best. this process can take him hours to do. I liked the way that he analyzed his work because it sets a good example to us as photo students. I also learned that when taking multiple pictures of one event and collage them together, it creates a sense of time and space that you cannot acquire with just a single photo

    • Good point! I think it is a common misconception that taking pictures is easy because all you have to do is click. This movie really gives you a sense of all of the thought and planning that goes into that “click.”

  15. I learned that Hockeny was a painter.He realize that he wasnt happy with just being a painter he decided to become a photographer. At first he thought photos were boring and that they looked fake .But he wanted to caputre the movemnet with the photos. He came up with joiner photographs , this was taking pictures of a object ora preson doing some type of action and making almost a collage of it . This way hokney was abel to tell a story with the photographs and show movement .I thought it was interesting how he was abel to to use his creativity from paintting and combine it with photos.

  16. OKay so I learned that Hockney is a little bit crazy- but in a good way. His eccentric-ness allows him to produce this almost abstract form of photography. The reason why he started making joiner photos was because he though there was always a lack of time and movement in a picture. He wanted to give life and motion to his photos, and started with joiner photos. When he was first involved in photogrphy someone told him it was a bad medium, as opposed to paintings and drawings because it was a small scope and limited, but Hockney took that and completely transformed it. It was kind of horrible when 2 of the 6 rolls were ruined (the letter was okay- i guess), but he still made the best of the other rolls and then proceeded to analyze pictures with elements of art, compostion etc… (just like us!) I hope that what Hockney has done with his pictures, transfers on to our photos as well, because his photos are pretty darn awesome.

    Also he was British.

    • I agree with you that Hockney’s slight craziness allowed him to make the intricate works that he makes. I also agree that even though he lost 2 out of 6 rolls of film, he was still able to create an incredible work of art.

  17. I learned that Hockney’s joiner photographs gives an illusion of space and shows a passing of time, things that normal photographs cannot do. I found it interesting that these joiner photographs can have a more real impression than a video can. I also learned Hockney’s opinion on regular photographs. He said that they are boring and too limited. What was also interesting was that when he was explaining the joiner photograph he was constructing in the video, he created a circular motion visual path that never ended. Its awesome!

  18. I dont know why but i especially liked the small part of the movie where Hockey told the man at the one hour photo to print everything. Each of the pictures he took captured a moment in time and he made one cohesive collage out of them all. Toward the end of the movie where you see Hockney standing around the table laying out, rearranging, putting in, and taking out photos truly shows that not even David Hockey can decide right away what he wants in his piece. It all depends on what you want the emphasis of the photo to be on, the creation of a visual path (brick wall in video), and each photo linking to another. It also depends on the film being developed correctly (like Hockeys film in the movie wasnt), so the photograph is flexible.

    • I also found it interesting that when David Hockey found out that 2 of his roles of film being developed ended up being ruined, he did not automatically give up but incorporated the photos in his piece. It made the work very fun, differnet and interesting. Also, it was funny when he added the letter of apology from the man at the one hour photo shop into his final picture.

  19. Watching the David Hockney movie I learned that before when he wasn’t a photographer he thought that photography was a limited art. But as he experimented and used photographer he realized that a photograph can be every interesting if done right and with different techniques. I like how he takes the multiply shots and puts them together and it kinda tells a story (joiner photographs). These “collages” give more detail and is much more interesting then if taken with a video camera.

    • I also found it intersting how he was originally closed off to photography, but after he began taking it up… he created his own technique and really found that the opportunities within photography were endless.

  20. I thought the video of David Hockney was very interesting and not at all what i expected. He was a really cool guy who had the idea to take traditional photographs with no life and make them have action & feeling. His joiner photos give real ideas of what is going on in the moment. When he creates his work he puts photos together purposely creating great visual paths to keep your eye moving back and forth across the page. I also found it very cool and interesting how quickly he was able to piece the pictures together. They really did show the passing of time and expression in people’s actions.

    • I totally agree! I found when he pieced them together I was wondering how he knows so well about the amount of space needed between each picture.

    • I pictured David Hockney so differently! I love his way of turning still, plain photos into moving pieces of art. It’s so interesting how different positioning of his photos can create a completely different visual path. I also like how he incorporates facial expressions and and focal points in his images.

  21. I thought it was really interesting how David Hockney proved in the documentary that his images provide more knowledge about a situation than a movie clip. I also found it interesting how he believes the human eye put the image together, which is why he leaves blank spaces.

    • I agree with Rachel in that the photos provided more information than the movie clip. Your able to look at it for a longer period of time, where a movie is a short time span

  22. I learned that Hockney was originally against the idea of photography because he thought it was not a good medium for artisits. He was disatisfied with the traditional approach to photography because he felt that it was very limited. In his joiner concept, he uses photography display a feeling of space and time, which allows him to create a story through the photos.

    While watching the video, I was very interested and surprised by how much thought process he put into creating every single joiner piece. For him, it’s not just about taking a good picture, but how various pictures can be collaged together to tell a story about the subject. The visual path that was created with the photos was really cool. When his film got ruined, I liked how he incorporated the note into piece. The note added to the piece by giving an insight to its creation. It was nice seeing that even with that setback, he still kept a positive attitude and created a great piece.

    • the note was definitely a great addition to the piece! he handled the loss of the film really well; i hadn’t expected him to actually put the note in his work, but it was a nice touch. moreover, it kept with his theme of representing time: the film wasn’t present, but the note was in its place, and so it belonged in the piece along with the other photos.

  23. I learned that Hockney was driven to take photographs because he was disatisfied with them. He was originally a painter but he wanted to put life into his photographs. He believed his pictures gave you more than what a movie could. I was impressed with all of the detail he got, and how time and space was used in his photographs. He spent a lot of time, effot and film in his photographs which showed he cared a lot about his work.

  24. I learned that even though Hockney was inspired to try photography, he didn’t enjoy it until he first tried putting polaroids next to each other. Also that the polaroids inspired his joiner photos to show time and life in photos, like paintings and videos.

  25. I agree with David Hockney’s idea that a joiner photo does represent time better than a film. The way he took the photos reminde me of how to make a stop motion animation. You move the subject a little bit, take a photo, move it again, take another photo, and so on. I also think he captured space and depth really well based on hie use of perspective

    • I like the comparison between the stop motion animation. It captures the movement of a subject within many photographs and truly captures the elapsing of time.

  26. I think that the way David Hockney captures time in a still photograph is really interesting. It’s sort of like a panning technique that he uses to create a panoramic with multiple images. Using multiple images to create a single composition is a more interesting way to capture a scene, versus just one still photograph. I was also amazed at his ability to quickly arrange his images. It showed that he had a true gift for the technique.

  27. I found it interesting how he uses so much time over to describe one subject. As we saw examples in class, many of them were just of a person standing or not doing much action. Hockney used a lot of action and time in the composition with the coffee. It showed me how for the project we can use a long time passing by showing space in the composition.

  28. I thought it was interesting that even though david hockney is an artist, he doesnt want to manipulate his photos too much. He still wants to be able to have the veiwer see the photos for what they are even if they are overlapping and piled together.

    • I agree with what Zoey said, I like how this artist is old school and doesn’t rely on photoshop to manipulate his images.

  29. I absolutley love David Hockney’s view on photography, and how he is able to turn a bunch of still photographs into one big moving image. I think it is so interesting how he compared a roll of moving film and his rolls of still film. His joiner photos allow your eye to move across the whole image, in a certain pattern depending on what the photos are of and how they are put together. I find it really amazing that Hockney can change meduims, and capture the same amount of space and form in both mediums.

  30. I think the most interesting aspect of David Hockney’s work on joiner photographs is that they are able to capture passing time. The setup of the photos in his work allow you to follow the subject through the actions they are taking all at once which has more of an effect then film. I also thought it was intersting how you can take one subject and highlight some details and completely leave out other detais.

    • i concur with you that Hockney did indeed exaggerate certain parts of his photos, but almost ignored other parts which really gave a sort of character to each of his pictures. The pictures truly came to life.

  31. After watching the David Hockney movie, I learned that joiner photos were created because he thought photgraphy was a boring and limited medium, and he used a painting he had done to experiment with his joiner photgraph idea. I learned that you can use the joiner photographs to show long periods of time passing, instead of short actions or elapsing time periods. The movie also helped me come up with more ideas for my Hockney project.

  32. I really liked the David Hockney video! I realized you can find so much life in just an average, causal setting. He put so much life and value into his work and I would never have thought that deep into women holding coffee! I also thought it was so cool of him to use his apologie letter in his art.

    • I agree with your comment, I thought it was really interesting how he made simple things have greater meaning. Putting the note in the final project was really interesting!

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